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ASRock Fatal1ty Z270 Gaming K6 Motherboard Review

By: Steven Bassiri | Socket LGA 1150/1151 in Motherboards | Posted: Feb 6, 2017 11:23 pm
TweakTown Rating: 91%Manufacturer: ASRock

Fatal1ty Z270 Gaming K6 Circuit Analysis Continued

 

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Like other major motherboard vendors, ASRock has switched to the Realtek ALC1220 from the ALC1150 since it offers 120dB SNR and an integrated amplifier. To supplement the built-in amplifier, ASRock has added a Texas Instruments NE5532 to amplify the front panel output. Nichicon Gold series electrolytic audio capacitors, as well as a PCB divide, help improve audio playback quality.

 

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ASRock is using two Intel NICs that support teaming. The i211AT is a standalone NIC from Intel, while the i219v is the PHY for the integrated MAC in the PCH. In the end, you have two Intel Gbit NICs on a sub $200 motherboard.

 

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USB 3.1 is provided by an ASMedia ASM2142 which utilizes two PCI-E 3.0 lanes for bandwidth. The type-C port requires a type-C switch and CC logic chip, and for that ASRock is using the ASMedia ASM1543.

 

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An ASMedia ASM1074 USB 3.0 hub is used to provide the two USB 3.0 internal headers from a single USB 3.0 port. An ASMedia ASM1061 provides two SATA6Gb/s ports.

 

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A Realtek RTD2168 provides the VGA/D-SUB video output on the rear IO panel because the iGPU does not output analog video natively. An IDT6V41642B clock buffer is used to enhance BCLK margins for overclocking.

 

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An ASMedia ASM1442K level shifter provides DVI/HDMI from the digital video output of the iGPU. The main SuperIO is a nuvoTon NCT6791D.

 

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Multiple ASMedia ASM1480 quick switches are scattered around the motherboard and switch x2 PCI-E 3.0 each. A nuvoTon N76E88 is in charge of the RGB LED functionality, and a Texas Instruments TPS259261 eFuse ensures you don't short the motherboard if you mess up RGB LED strip wire polarity.

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